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[Ambassador report] Thematic Report:] Calculating the environmental cost of one of human activities: Plastic production and pollution

by Bal krishna Pandey | 17-05-2020 16:42 Comments 10 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Among the items created by humans, the plastic bag is one that's found all over from mount Everest to the foothills of the ocean. Today, plastic carry bags are affected by tourer places, beaches, rivulets, fields and barns, everywhere within and outdoors the land. We have to go to the market as soon as a sound is made in our ears, we get up and stand up. There is no hassle of carrying a bag if you have pocket money. This mess was earlier when the plastic bag was not so popular. Reach the market If you want to buy then buy. The shopkeeper will give the purchased item in a plastic bag. Hold it in your hand and bring it home. Fear not to fall and not get wet. Take the goods out of the plastic bag as soon as you reach home. Finish using polythene, throw it wherever you want but just think, the plastic bags thrown out prevent the water from flowing into the drain and moving with water.

This is an example of our daily activities. researchers say developed and more educated countries pollute their environment with plastics per person. Keeping in mind the thematic topic for this month, I am going to show some of the data and chart on plastic pollution.

Cumulative global plastics production, 1950 to 2015

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Above chart shows Cumulative global plastics production in the world, 1950 to 2015 where there is constantly increase in plastic production annually by about 200% since 1950.(Cumulative global production of plastics, measured in tonnes.)

Global plastic waste by disposal, 1980 to 2015

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The above chart Estimates of the proportion of plastic waste discarded, recycled and incinerated based on data in Geyer et al. (2017). In 2015, an estimated 55 percent of global plastic waste was discarded, 25 percent was incinerated, and 20 percent recycled whereas in 1980, data show recycling and incineration of plastic was negligible.

Global mismanaged plastic by region, 2010

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The pie chart above shows mismanaged plastic wastes distributed globally in 2010. East and pacific Asia reason dominates to other reason by huge difference in percentage. South Asia contributes more than 5 times less than East Asia and Pacific.

Though the practical knowledge about plastic pollution is increasing among the people in Nepal theses days, they are still not satisfied with its management as compared to increased level pf production. Yes, plastic is cheap, tolerable and easy is use but people should be aware of its negative impact on environment. I think we should be more focused on awareness and encourage alternative use of plastics. Like we can use bamboo bottles instead in plastic which is the example set by Government of Sikkim in India.

References:
https://ourworldindata.org/plastic-pollution

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/347/6223/768/

Data Source: Jambeck, J. R., Geyer, R., Wilcox, C., Siegler, T. R., Perryman, M., Andrady, A., ... & Law, K. L. (2015). Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean. Science, 347(6223), 768-771.

Geyer, R., Jambeck, J. R., & Law, K. L. (2017). Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made. Science Advances, 3(7), e1700782.

Jambeck, J. R., Geyer, R., Wilcox, C., Siegler, T. R., Perryman, M., Andrady, A., ... & Law, K. L. (2015). Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean. Science, 347(6223), 768-771.


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10 Comments

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello balkrishna bro

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Calculating the environmental cost of one of human activities: Plastic production and pollution

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 24-05-2020 23:17

Bal krishna Pandey

Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Bal krishna Pandey, this is a mentor, Sang Su Lee.

    First of all, thank you for your hard research! The article that you've written was enough to make me surprise! Plastic accumulation is indeed a serious problem. I was so sad to look at the word 'cumulative' in the graph. It's actually the correct vocabulary, because the first plastic that humans have produces is not even rotten yet. It takes so much time for it to decompose. But, hopefully, recycling proportion is increasing annually. More and more people should recycle to save the earth!!

    Green Cheers~
    Posted 24-05-2020 01:21

Manisha Pokhrel

  • Manisha Pokhrel says :
    Hello Bal krishna dai,

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful report.
    Keep writing!

    Regards,
    Manisha
    Posted 20-05-2020 18:55

Samiksha Adhikari

  • Samiksha Adhikari says :
    Greetings Balkrishna Dai,
    I hope you are well and doing great!!

    Thank you for sharing the amazing content.
    Looking forward!

    GREEN CHEERS !!
    Regards,
    Samiksha Adhikari
    Posted 20-05-2020 16:41

Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Bal krishna Pandey, this is mentor Taehyun!

    I read the article that investigated the environmental costs associated with plastics. I didn't know that plastic could generate so much environmental costs! In fact, not only plastics but also petroleum-based products have not yet been developed properly, so it is natural to incinerate or dispose of them in landfill, but I hope the technology will be developed soon because there are so many environmental costs! Some scientists are currently developing microbes that eat plastic because these plastics are eventually a type of organic compound that life feeds on!

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 19-05-2020 16:27

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings Bal Krishna dai
    I hope you are doing well
    Very detailed report
    Thank you so much for this report
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 19-05-2020 15:55

Sonika Pariyar

  • Sonika Pariyar says :
    Hello Bal krishna dai!

    I hope you are fine and doing great !

    Each human activities costs on environment.Thank you for sharing informative report.

    Keep on sharing !

    GREEN CHEERS !

    Regards,
    Sonika


    Posted 17-05-2020 20:24

Sagar  Koirala

  • Sagar Koirala says :
    Hello Balkrishna Dai,
    Green Cheers

    Thanks for your informative video on Environmental cost of Plastic Pollution.

    Regards,
    Sagar Koirala
    Posted 17-05-2020 19:52

Heemani Singh

  • Heemani Singh says :
    Hello Bal Krishna Dai,
    Thank you for sharing an informative report
    Keep sharing
    Regards
    Himani
    Posted 17-05-2020 17:13

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